The Disclosure of the Mystery of God’s Purpose (Fri. Oct. 8)

For Friday, October 8, the word of the day is “mystery.”  In our reading of Ephesians 1:7-17 today, Paul lifts his eyes from his concerns for his churches, and he gazes into our hope in Christ.  The Apostle speaks of the “mystery of His [God the Father’s] will.”  It is the revelation of what God “purposed in Himself according to His good pleasure” (vs. 9). The Greek word for “mystery” is derived from the sense of stopping the mouth or being silenced. The term implies that a mystery is a secret that is being kept until the proper time.  Even then, it can only be disclosed by revelation and known by those whom the Spirit enlightens (Strong’s #3466 168).  The mind of the Almighty is inscrutable.  His…